Now they’re newlyweds! Lawson BatesAnd Tiffany EspensenMarried less than one year after they were engaged.
Bates, 29, confirmed that the pair exchanged vows via his Instagram Story on Friday, May 13th.
Us WeeklyIn October 2021, it was confirmed that the Bringing up BatesThe couple got engaged on a trip to Italy. The couple took their romance public in February 2021And collaborated on the reality star’s music video for his song “The Way I See You.” Bates gushed over working with Espensen in a love Instagram post that summer.
“When I first had the idea to write this song, my goal was to capture a genuine and heartfelt message of empowerment, hope, and validation to someone who may be feeling overwhelmed, overlooked, and under appreciated,” he wrote in July 2021. “I wanted to make sure I had a broad perspective on things in the writing session, so I reached out to two of my favorite co-writers @janellearthur & @thejordanrainer. After an incredible 3 hour session, it all started coming to life!”
Gil and Kelly Jo Bates‘ son continued, “Little did I know before this song released that the girl of my dreams would be in my life and I’d be singing it for her 🤍.”
Ahead of their big day, the “Crazy Love” performer and Espensen answered fans’ burning questions about their wedding plans in a lengthy YouTube vlog. The couple explained why they chose to exchange vows on the West Coast despite the singer’s southern roots.
“For me, I’m super easy, I would have been like, ‘Let’s go to the courthouse,’” the former actress said in the April video. “We just kind of blended … and said, ‘OK, we’ll have it in San Diego.’”
Lawson chimed in, adding, “Well, there’s a few reasons. A, traditionally, you always have the wedding in the girl’s hometown. … But everything’s not traditional, and that’s fine. Tiff said, ‘Let’s go to the courthouse,’ which would have been cool too. But I also thought that [San Diego] would be cool because there’s just so much beauty here. This is where Tiffany and I met in person. [and] fell in love with her, so I think it just made sense to have it here.”
The former UPtv personality said that the wedding’s location factored into the celebration “being on the smaller side,” explaining, “We want to keep it kind of [to]only our most close friends and families. Right now that’s putting us [at] about 200 folks, which is perfect.”
Lawson is the fourth child of 19 Bates children. All of them were featured on Bringing up BatesIt was cancelled earlier this year. As they were about to walk down the aisle, the songwriter teased that something was up for his bride.
“I did write a song for the wedding,” he said during their pre-wedding YouTube Q&A. “I love love songs now. Many of you guys who have listened to my albums know I love heartbreak songs. However, I am definitely on the love trend at the moment. … This isn’t like anything I’ve ever done before. I feel like it matches Tiffany’s personality more than anything that I’ve written for her.”